In the face of COVID-19, aged people and people with co-morbidities are considered most vulnerable. However, in a miracle, an Odisha-based couple – 85-year-old Surendra Pati and 78-year-old Sabitri – recently recovered from the deadly viral infection and got discharged from a hospital in Cuttack. Hailing from Kendrapara district, Surendra, who also has throat cancer, was receiving chemotherapy at the Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre from June 8. He contracted the virus first and Sabitri his wife, who was attending to him at the hospital, was later declared COVID-19 positive too. They were then shifted to a COVID-19 hospital in the city where the two went through further treatment and were discharged on July 17, Times of India reported.
On June 29, the couple had tested positive. Now the couple stands as the oldest COVID-19 survivors in the district, according to TOI.
Within ten days of being admitted in the COVID centre, Surendra and Sabitri returned home to Bagada village, on the outskirts of the district town. They both have now tested negative twice.
“…they inspire many to beat the disease. Our best wishes to them,” Kendrapara District Collector Samant Verma tweeted.
Sh Surendra Pati, aged 85 years and suffering from cancer, and his wife Smt Sabitri pati, aged 78, both have beaten Corona and have been discharged from COVID care, in kendrapara. Our best wishes to them. They inspire many to beat the disease. pic.twitter.com/B1E4WfXI8g
— Collector Kendrapara🇮🇳 (@dmkendrapara) July 17, 2020
What You Should Know
- On June 29, an elderly couple from Odisha had tested positive and were admitted in a hospital in Cuttack.
- A cancer patient, 85-year-old Surendra Pati and his wife, 78-year-old Sabitri are now the oldest COVID-19 survivors in the Kendrapara district.
- They were discharged after 10-day treatment on July 17.
- Kendrapara District Collector Samant Verma took to Twitter to praise the couple for inspiring others.
“It is very motivating for the whole team and for common people. Surendra Pati, 85, and suffering from cancer, and his wife Sabitri Pati, 78, both have beaten coronavirus and have been discharged from Covid care, in Kendrapara,” he told India Today. Krushna Chandra Luha, deputy manager of the district headquarters hospital in Kendrapada, told TOI that the elderly couple’s story inspired everyone in the hospital and they received a loud cheer as they were discharged. “The doctors and nurses cheered as the couple walked out of the hospital. It was quite an emotional scene as they both walked towards the exit amid rousing claps,” he added.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, too, took to Twitter to congratulate the elderly couple.
“Congratulations to Mr Surendra Pati (85) and Mrs Sabitri Pati (78) from Kendrapada district on successfully winning the battle against #COVID19. You are an inspiration for many to stay strong during these difficult times,” he tweeted.
Feature Image Credit: Collector Kendrapara/Twitter